Northern Ireland to play Chile friendly

Published Friday, 21 February 2014
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Northern Ireland will play Chile this summer as part of the South American country's warm-up for the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

Northern Ireland to play Chile friendly
Northern Ireland will play Chile in June. (© Getty)

The Green and White Army take on Chile on 4 June in Valparaiso.

Northern Ireland have played Chile in friendly matches on three previous occasions, but have failed to defeat the South American side.

The matches took place in May 1989 in Belfast, May 1995 in Edmonton at the Canada Cup and in May 2010 in Chillan.

The match against Chile will follow a game against Uruguay in Montevideo on 30 May.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill said: "I hope to have a squad as strong as possible available for the friendlies as this will be our final chance to play preparation games ahead of the start of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in September.

"Having the opportunity to play top class opposition like Uruguay and Chile will be great experience for the players."

Irish FA President Jim Shaw added: "As there is no friendly date in August this year, it was vital that we arranged two games for the end of the season to ensure that the manager had an opportunity to have the squad together ahead of the start of the Euro 2016 campaign.

"I am pleased that we have been to able to arrange the friendlies against Uruguay and Chile and I know that they will provide excellent preparation for the team ahead of the next qualifying campaign."

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